Luck at First Sight (PG) 2017

The movie's tagline: 
"The greatest luckiest love story ever told."
A young gambler named Joma Labayen believes in lucky charms that would help him win big in casinos. He crosses paths with Diane who seems to bring him luck whenever they are close to each other. However, Diane refuses to believe that she has anything to do with this so called “life charm” at first but after a while, she eventually gave in to Joma’s wishes. As they grow closer together, they develop romantic feelings for each other, but this kind of closeness might ruin the luck they’ve been enjoying together.- Fandango

Directed by: Dan Villegas 
Category: Romance/Comedy/Drama
Theme Song composed by: Rico Blanco
Theme Song sung by: Zia Quizon

in a nutshell: We did not imagine that we would find ourselves watching and enjoying this movie, but we did.  Stephanie Mayo described this movie as well-acted, but flimsy, and I somehow agree with her.  As a sister of "special" people, I would never be comfortable with people making fun of them, but it's a reality.  People do.  Mom and I checked if dad was going to be insulted, but since he did not mind the "scene", we did not mind the scene too. We thought about Diane's situation and she did tell that lie that she was taking care of a "special child"...

Diane is a very loving person, so she was not really making fun of a certain group of people...she was just letting Joma pretend he's someone he's not.  

 I also do not want something gruesome be joked about(Check Ms. Mayo's review), yadaydayda, but as a whole, we were indeed impressed with the actors:  Bela, Jericho, Cholo, Kim, Dennis, Hermie, Thou, Issa and Jeric.  Stephanie Mayo almost said everything in my mind already so there's no need for a longer narrative.  Besides, who am I to criticize Bela as a writer, right?  Or Ays as a screenwriter?  

Anyways, I love the Father-Daughter relationship of Mang George and Diane.  They were very believable.  

(Bela, you are more than beautiful and such a great actor. You shone in this film.)

I also think Cholo Barretto should at least be nominated as a Best Supporting Actor or something.  He should be given bigger roles next time, but I did like how he potrayed Nathan in Bakit Di Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? and as Benjo in 10,000 Hours. He was also a compelling actor in Bonifacio ang Unang Pangulo and so much more.  He is definitely more than "just a nephew" of the Barretto sisters.

Kudos to the cast and crew!

Wait... Mom has one complaint and we actually discussed about this.

"Why did Cholo...I mean, Boggs...wipe his lips?"

"He did it on purpose, mom. It was supposed to be 'funny'"

"He thought the camera was on Jericho and Bela."

"He did it on purpose, ma."

Et cetera, et cetera...

I hope you won't consider that "discussion" above as a spoiler.


From PJ Endrinal's archives from NewsKo


Bela Padilla(she also conceptualized and wrote the story of this film along with Neil Arce, her ex-boyfriend...Ays De Guzman is the screenplaywright)- Diane Dela Cruz 
Jericho Rosales- Joma Labayen

Cholo Barretto-Boggs, Joma's best friend (because he is such a natural, I followed him on instagram)
Kim Molina- Katé (not sure of the spelling), Diane's first cousin and best friend
Issa Pressman-Diane's cousin who helps tend the pharmacy and watches over her dad
Jeric Raval-Joma's gambling nemesis
Dennis Padilla-Mang George, Diane's dad
Thou Reyes-Joma's major creditor called Rodney
Hermie Go-Luck expert (sold him the green lucky marble like it was created by Orlina)
PJ Endrinal- Boggs' neighbor/Joma's minor creditor 


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